When we go to “the beach”, it’s most often the ocean. We do have many lakes nearby, but always seem to prefer the mud flats, tides, soft sand and cooling breezes of the Bay of Fundy.
Swimming in the ocean is very different from swimming in a pool or lake. The strength and force of even small ocean waves can surprise beach goers who are unfamiliar with the power of the sea. When particular surf conditions are present at some beaches, rip currents can occur.
Be beach safe -
- always swim in supervised beach areas.
- ensure children are supervised at all times.
- never swim alone. Always swim with a buddy and watch out for each other.
- do not consume alcohol or drugs before or while swimming. Alcohol and drugs impair your abilities and judgement.
- weaker swimmers and young children should wear a properly-sized life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD) at all times.
- pay close attention to surf conditions. Waves and currents can make water more dangerous than usual.
Rip currents are powerful and can pull people away from shore. Even the strongest swimmers can get into trouble if caught in a rip current. Do not panic if this happens to you; relax and swim parallel to the shore to get out of the current; then swim back to shore. Do not attempt to swim back to shore against the current; it is too strong. Ask your lifeguard for more information when you arrive at the beach.
Some information contained in this post was obtained from Tourism PEI.